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Canada pulls away in third period, U.S. women’s hockey rally falls short


The U.S. women’s team was able to bottle up Canada’s attack for two periods, but their rivals pulled away in the final frame, ultimately winning 3-2.

United States forward Hilary Knight gave her team a 1-0 lead, giving her a goal in every U.S. game so far (three in three contests). Anne Schelper scored a 3-2 goal with a little more than a minute left and Jessie Vetter made some big saves, but neither efforts were enough to secure a win.

Things unraveled for the U.S. in the third period, especially during a 1:33 span in which a 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 deficit.

VIDEO: Watch the goals

Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored two goals (including the game-winner) while Canadian women’s ice hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser collected a goal and an assist to secure a win for Canada, who went with Charline Labonte in net.

This game was more about measuring the two team’s progress than larger Olympic implications, as the two powers are expected to cruise to the gold medal game and meet once again. As unpredictable as the sport may be, most expect the U.S. to get a chance to avenge this loss with gold on the line.

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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